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Like other page layout applications, InDesign allows users to control the appearance of every element on a page. It helps format elements with style sheets, which collect formatting attributes for easy replication. But that's where the similarities end. InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets demonstrates why InDesign's style sheets are far more powerful than anything found in any other page layout program. Pioneering electronic publisher and author Deke McClelland goes to the heart of InDesign's style sheets, and discusses how they define and guide just about every other program feature. He covers how to format words, paragraphs, whole frames, objects, tables, and even entire stories with a single click. Exercise files accompany the course.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for InDesign Style Sheets from the Exercise Files tab.
In this exercise we are going to look at how to apply a Paragraph Style that I have created for you in advance. I'm still working inside that same Seventies quiz #2.indd file that's found inside the 01 Introduction folder that I opened a few exercises ago now. Now, you may or may not have made some changes to the first couple of paragraphs of type here inside of this document, I don't care because we are going to move our attention down to the lower right corner of the document, which contains of course the actual quiz, the actual seventies music quiz. On the left hand side we have a more or less properly styled list of song titles and then on the right hand side we have a completely improperly styled list of lyrics that we need to match to the song titles.
Let's go ahead and see how we can style some of the lyrics anyhow. I'm going to press the T key to switch to the Type tool, and then I'm going to click inside of 'Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo' right there. It could be any of the song titles actually. Just go ahead and click inside one of the song titles, then go up to the Type menu and choose this guy right here Paragraph Styles, or you can press the F11 key. Now in my case, I've modified the palettes a little bit. I've changed the location of some of my palettes, but no matter what, you are going to bring up your list of Paragraph Styles as you see them here.
You can see that I have gone ahead and styled this paragraph using this style, which is called Song list. So I have the Song list style sheet associated with this paragraph of type. So I should be able to apply that same Song list style sheet to other text inside of my document, and that's exactly what I'm going to do. So I'm going to select just some text inside of this right hand list. Some text inside of the B through D items, you can select whatever you want. And then I'm going to go ahead and click on Song list and notice, just like that InDesign goes ahead and styles the text to match the text on the left.
So we have some more or less properly styled type. Now we do have a little bit of a problem. I'm going to press the Enter key on the keypad, or if you did not load my Deke keys, you should press the Escape key instead. And then I'm going to zoom in on the text, so I'm doing this, by the way, in case you don't know this keyboard shortcut you can press the Ctrl and spacebar keys together and click in order to access the Zoom in function or you can press Command and spacebar on the Mac as you click. Notice that I have some automatic numbering going on here. So in addition to the lettered items, notice I have got a B here, B period and then a tab.
I also have before that a one period and a tab, so that's messing things up. So what I need to do is get rid of all my letters. I need to actually delete them and then of course change my Paragraph Style to include letters instead of the numbers over here on this right hand list. We are going to get rid of the manual letters in our very next exercise.
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